Augmented reality firm Magic Leap released a "creator edition" of its ambitious, hugely hyped headset earlier this month. Today, iFixit published its teardown of the device, with a concrete look at technology as Magic Leap discusses in very abstract terms.
As we discussed earlier, Magic Leap One Creator Edition uses a combination of waveguide lenses and tracking cameras to project hologram-like objects in your real-world environment. iFixit actually goes into trouble (and it has a party with problems with parts of this hard-to-repair device) to extract multi-layer waveguide and the small projector that shines light through it. It also tells the details of things like the regulator's magnetic tracking, which is not revealing, but neither is Magic Leap spending much time explaining.
Teardown reflects the basic impression we have had of Magic Leap: It is an interesting device with some serious compromises. iFixit suggests that the position of the magnetic sensor coil will make it less reliable for left-hand operation. (I've used it in both left and right hand without checking this, but I've just had a short demo.) Magic Leap's headset is permanently connected to a laptop, and iFixit confirms that if you break one cable and replace it will take some work.
Unlike many iFixit's teardown subjects, Magic Leap One is not a mass market product; It is aimed at developers and other people who are more interested in the Magic Leap platform. But since it costs $ 2,295, you put out repair options very well ̵